Man Air-Lifted Over Flu Complications

Flu VaccineMEDFORD, Ore.- A Medford man is air-lifted to a Portland hospital over complications from the flu. 32 year old Ryan Paxson had been complaining about flu symptoms for a few weeks.

His fiancĂ© says he woke up in the middle of the night and couldn’t breathe. Mary- Catherine Allison says she rushed him to the a Medford hospital, but he was immediately flown to Portland. Doctors say his lungs collapsed and his kidney were failing. Ryan was then placed in a medically induced coma and diagnosed with H1N1.

Mary-Catherine says they did not get the flu vaccine this year. She says she and her husband did not believe it was necessary because they were young and healthy, until now. Portland doctors say this year’s flu is hitting young, healthy people pretty hard.


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  1. Lorie Rector says:

    MC, I hope all goes well. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Ryan!

  2. notInMedford says:

    In before all the anti-vaccine nutters in Medford start chiming in. Help everyone out – get your shots people.

  3. Autumn says:


    I do know these two personally, Ryan hasn’t always been well and to see this brakes my heart.
    I feel for you MC and I am keeping you and Ryan in my prayers. Hoping for fast recovery!

  4. Sarah K says:

    Praying for dear Ryan Paxon as well !

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